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Teagasc Equine Newsletter
Summer 2022
Celebrating Biodiversity
The Equine Farming & Biodiversity Photo Competition returns!
Teagasc launch the second edition of a photo competition to highlight the contribution of the Irish equine sector to biodiversity in our countryside.
Biodiversity has always been important but its importance is increasingly being recognised, not least because of the contribution it makes to healthy and functioning ecosystems. National Biodiversity Week is underway until May 22nd.
One of last year's winning entries is shown above, submitted by Yasmin Fortune from Greystones, Co. Wicklow, portraying the three native Irish breeds of the Kerry Bog pony, Irish Draught and Connemara Pony. The winning images were selected from over 150 diverse images featuring examples of biodiversity in harmony with equines farms around the country.
The National Biodiversity Data Centre are also offering the chance to win a complete biodiversity survey of your farm. To enter share a picture or explain what action you have taken on your farm to help protect biodiversity. Use #FarmlandBiodiversity @BioDataCentre or send by email to [email protected] Also check out the Festival of Farmland Biodiversity
The Equine Farming and Biodiversity photo competition is open for entries until June 10th, 2022. We are excited to receive your entry !
Click here to learn more about the photo competition
Welcoming Equine Specialist, Séan Keane
Seán joined Teagasc on April 25th having managed Brightwalton Stud in England for the last three years. Under his management the stud had considerable success on the racetrack, in the sales ring (selling a foal for £350,00 (fourth highest price) at Tattersalls in 2021) also gaining awards and accolades for achievements in standards on the stud farm.

Seán graduated with a degree in Equine Science from the University of Limerick before working at Hill’n’Dale farm in Kentucky, America for a year. Seán then managed the Private Stud at Derrinstown Stud for Sheikh Hamdan over a period of 19 years rearing several top performers such as Tamayuz, Awtaad and Taghrooda to name a few.
Preparations for Young Breeder World Championships
20 young people from all around the country have begun their quest to represent the Irish Sport Horse Studbook at the WBFSH International Young Breeder World Championships in Ermelo, Holland July 7-9th 2022. A team of eight will travel to the Championships.
They undertake three training days at Kilconnel Stud, Enniskerry Farm, and Derryglen Stud which also act as selection days incorporating both instruction and assessment relating to the disciplines of assessing conformation traits, assessing athleticism traits, presenting a horse/pony in hand, and a multiple choice theory test covering a variety of topics. These are dedicated, interested young people who are a pleasure to work with.
Click here to learn who the team hopefuls are
Summer Soil & Fertiliser Advice
Farmers are being urged to focus on nutrient management planning, optimisation of soil fertility, using organic manures strategically and increasing clover in swards, all balanced with prudent fertiliser usage. While increasing clover use is not something equine farms are encouraged to do, the other management aspects mentioned all merit adoption by equine owners. Good grassland management is a key component of horse production as it ensures good quality grass during the grazing season, the production of quality forage to meet winter feed requirements, and healthier horses.
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Optimising Mare Fertility
Let's Talk Equine Webinar - May 2022
In the May episode of Let's Talk Equine, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr. Susan Salter BSc Hons BVM&S MRCVS SES Equine Veterinary Services and Dr. Aoife Osborne, Osborne Farm (K&A Sport Horse Ltd. to discuss optimising mare fertility.
Sue and Aoife emphasised the importance of the breeder and vet working closely together and communicating effectively while taking a step by step approach to diagnostics, with early acknowledgement of expectations and budget. A variety of examples/scenarios were discussed to reflect typical situations which both encounter, and the approach taken with each.
Assisted reproductive technologies:
When, How and Why?

Let's Talk Equine Webinar - April 2022
In the April episode of Let's Talk Equine, Wendy Conlon, Teagasc Equine Specialist was joined by Dr Niamh Lewis, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Equine Reproduction and Fertility at the School of Veterinary Medicine UCD to discuss the when, how and why of assisted reproductive technologies.
Niamh gave an introductory recap of equine reproductive physiology for context, explained reasons for producing horses in vitro, discussed managing expectations with problem mares/ infertility and succinctly explained I.C.S.I. (intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection).
STOP - Think Safety - Prepare!
Don’t wait until it’s too late. Act now to protect yourself and your stud/farm from a serious accident.
With careful attention and preparation you can make your farm a much safer environment with an emphasis on Health & Safety. Help reduce accidents and injuries by being legally compliant and aware of the potential risks and hazards and making every effort to mitigate against those.
Click here to read more
What's happening during Summer 2022?
World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses International Young Breeder World Championships Ermelo, Holland July 7-9. Wishing the ISH Studbook team safe travels and success.
Teagasc Equine Specialists and Kildalton Equine Education Staff will be at the RDS Dublin Horse Show August 17th to August 21st in the Main Hall Stand Stand C7 and would be delighted to chat with you there.
For additional event announcements keep an eye on our events page.
Click here to visit the events page
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